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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Song: ‘She is not fair to outward view’
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
 
SHE is not fair to outward view
As many maidens be;
Her loveliness I never knew
  Until she smiled on me;
O, then I saw her eye was bright,        5
A well of love, a spring of light!
 
But now her looks are coy and cold,
To mine they ne’er reply,
And yet I cease not to behold
  The love-light in her eye:        10
Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
 
 
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